Spanish Valley Vineyards

Patina Wines

Pinot Noir 2018

A big thank you to Patina and Define Wine for sending over to this sample of your 2018 Pinot Noir from Orange, NSW. We’ve had a number of Australian Pinot’s lately and I have to admit this juicy cherry 🍒 bomb has been my favourite.

It’s a garnet shade in the glass with notes of cherries and raspberries coming through on the nose alongside hints of oak, violets, earth and truffles. In the mouth it’s super silky in texture and simply oozes elegance.

Enjoyed out of a Riedel OUVERTURE Magnum glass.

All opinions are my own. Drink what you enjoy!
— 6 days ago

Rob and Trixie liked this

Celler del Roure

Vermell Monastrell Blend 2019

A juicy Valencia blend but restrained at 13%. A bit like a new world cab franc, more on the fruit & less funk spectrum. Aged in buried mud amphora. — 3 days ago

Severn, Joshua and 3 others liked this

Bodegas Julián Chivite

Coleccion 125 Navarra Chardonnay 2015

Butterscotch, honeysuckle, ginger and apricot.
Great acidity provides freshness and lift. Oak treatment a tad heavy for my liking. Hopefully, this will integrate in due time.
— 9 days ago

Freek, Tom and 7 others liked this

Covinca S Coop

Corazon De Longares Dry Macabeo

Fresh and strong taste with floral tones. I really like it — 7 days ago

Can Dez Mas

L'Equilibrista Ca N'Estruc Syrah Blend 2015

Pleasantly funky! Blend of Syrah (50%) with the balance split between Garnacha and Carinena (Samso). Aromas of bright brambly red berry fruit, cigar leaf and iodine. Just a touch of Brett. Red berry fruit and beef jerky with a touch of black coffee and dark chocolate on the pallet. A slightly spicy finish. Lacking a bit on the mid-pallet a bit but there is such a great balance of acidity, tannins and alcohol that it can be overlooked. A nice little find recommended by Chris at the Vino Volo in DFW! — 8 days ago

Paul, Daniel and 1 other liked this

Partida Creus

Brutal Rosé Blend

Mostly reductive smoky notes and grapefruit. Not particularly distinctive or complex, but a touch of spritz and juicy acidity makes this super easy-drinking. — 7 days ago

Casey, Al and 10 others liked this

Vinos Comando

Rozas 1er Cru Vino de Paraje Grenache 2018

Exceptionally light extraction, high toned and infused. Crushed raspberry and cranberry, highly floral almost geranium, dried orange, black tea, dried herbs, potpourri, crushed rock, white pepper, 4-EP. Nice to see some definition fruit return this vintage but definitely microbial and marked by it. — 13 days ago

Eric, Josh and 1 other liked this

Partida Creus

CX Penedès Cartoixa Vermell

Sat afternoon at home. Aromatic, tropical fruit nose. Very fresh on the palate, with satisfying tartness that accentuates how fresh it is. Slight salinity that gives it additional complexity.

The CX of Partida Creus is a real bombshell of freshness, a nose that plays on notes of white fruits, citrus, and aromatic herbs. Tart and funky on the palate, with a long finish. A super rare and super good wine.

Partida Creus is the project of two Italians now in residence in the Tarragona region of Catalonia, just south of Barcelona. The idea of the project was to work with historical, often overlooked local varietals that in many cases were not recognised by the D.O. of the area: Penedès. Massimo and Antonella strategically went about buying up small plots of abandoned vineyards dotted around the area where mostly unknown varietals such as Garrut, Vinyater, Samsó and Queixal de Llop grew. They sought to revitalise the vines and work out the best expression for these old varetals, working without chemicals in the vineyard and without selected yeasts or any other additions in the cellar. They make an impressively dizzying number of different wines, all of which are unified by a very distinctive house style - raw, visceral and pungent reds, and salty, turbid, expressive whites. As a couple they have an insatiable energy that really comes through in the wine.

Origin: Bonastre, Tarragona, Spain
Vintage: 2020
Grape variety: Cartoixa Vermell (Red Xarel-lo)
Food pairing: Risotto with porcini mushrooms, sushi, tuna, paella
— 16 days ago

Bodegas Frontonio

Frontonio Garnacha Blanca 2019

This is The Garage Wine Garnacha Macabeo blend. An electrifying wine with classy wood and great balance and acidity. I love this stuff — 2 days ago

John, Jan and 5 others liked this

Lamothe Parrot

Scarlett Dark Shiraz Blend 2020

Delightfully drinkable slightly chilled - room temperature does not mean 30C! — 10 days ago